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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jerichoo,

Its fixed for some time. I need to unstick this thread.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was the stage3 tarball ever fixed? I ran into the same problem on a new install today. This is the contents of ./dev in stage3-amd64-20120917.tar.bz2:

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drwxr-xr-x root/root            0 2012-09-16 23:38 ./dev/
-rw-r--r-- root/root            0 2012-09-16 23:08 ./dev/.keep
-rw-r--r-- root/root            0 2012-09-16 23:38 ./dev/null
-rw-r--r-- root/root            0 2012-09-16 22:58 ./dev/.keep_sys-apps_makedev-0


The system didn't boot until I stumbled upon another thread that suggested enabling DEVTMPFS, which I did and then the system booted up as expected.

I don't use an initrd/initramfs, so perhaps the problem is just masked when using either of those (as this thread is obviously not very active anymore).
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Enabling devtmpfs is required by Gentoo according to the installation guide : http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/handbook/handbook-x86.xml?part=1&chap=7#manual

I can't comment on the design of its use here, though.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mad Merlin wrote:
Was the stage3 tarball ever fixed? I ran into the same problem on a new install today...
Yes, it was fixed. However, the issue seems to have come back. I ran into the same thing yesterday. However, on my system, I already had the DEVTMPFS symbol enabled in my kernel .config. I needed to correct the device nodes per this thread to get it to boot.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had the same problem just today, on a fresh x86_64 install.

The symlink to udev was there but I had to do the nodes recreating thingy shown in the first post to make it finally boot.

DEVTMPFS was activated as well but didn't help.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 10:12 pm    Post subject: Trying to do a fresh install using a Stage3 disk Reply with quote

It's been several years since I've done a completly fresh install. I have a recent (September) stage 3 disk loaded/booted and going nowhere with it!

My problem has been finding out where to store my wireless router's password. Any ideas?

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the gentoo minimal install cd has not progressed beyond unprotected or wep wireless networking, and those are only sporadically successful. Use system rescue cd instead. Boot to the xfce4 GUI and use the network manager icon in the lower right corner of the desktop. additional benefits include firefox instead of links with copy and paste from the handbook in firefox to the install terminal window.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Donahue. The System Rescue cd is a workable plan, which I will use.
After I get some practice posting I'll return under a similar user name (needlern1) and report back.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello! This is my introductory post.

I'm new to Gentoo and I would really like to start playing with it, if I could only manage to boot my kernel.

I've recompiled with many combinations of DEVTMPFS and other options, my /dev was already well populated but it was re-populated just in case, udev node is where it's supposed to be, and more other stuff than I can remember from this and other threads.

I know this thread is an year old, but most places I've googled (and they are a lot) bring me back here, so I'd like to know if someone has come up with a different solution?

Unless I append "rw" to the GRUB line, it will go through the boot process and hang there after a few seconds, in a fashion very much like is described here. Then at the 300th second it will spit a new line:
Code:
kworker/u:0 used greatest stack depth: 4072 bytes left
and that's it.

It seems to boot well with the rw flag, but I don't know what are the consequences? I've been making most corrections and re-compiles after rw booting, I only chrooted a couple of times before I figured that out, but nothing else seems to bring me to the login prompt.

The non-rw boot will also skip many lines going through hardware detection before finally hanging, but I can't see any significant errors. Who wants to see my dmesg?

Here, have my fstab because it's shorter:
Code:

# Bello l'esempio, adesso ci provo io:
/dev/sda1      /boot      ext2      noauto,noatime   1 2
/dev/sda2      none      swap      sw      0 0
/dev/sda3      /      ext4      noatime      0 1
/dev/sda4      /home      ext4      noatime      0 2

/dev/cdrom      /mnt/cdrom   auto      noauto,user   0 0

proc         /proc      proc      defaults   0 0
shm         /dev/shm   tmpfs      nodev,nosuid,noexec   0 0

# Incrociamo le dita.

Also my sysinit:
Code:
total 0
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 17 Sep 16 20:08 devfs -> /etc/init.d/devfs
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 17 Sep 16 20:08 dmesg -> /etc/init.d/dmesg
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 16 Sep 16 20:36 udev -> /etc/init.d/udev

grub.conf:
Code:

# This is a sample grub.conf for use with Genkernel, per the Gentoo handbook
# http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/handbook/handbook-x86.xml?part=1&chap=10#doc_chap2
# If you are not using Genkernel and you need help creating this file, you
# should consult the handbook. Alternatively, consult the grub.conf.sample that
# is included with the Grub documentation.

default 0
timeout 5
splashimage=(hd0,0)/boot/grub/splash.xpm.gz

title Gentoo Linux 3.4.9 T61
root (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/kernel-3.4.9-gentoo-T61 root=/dev/sda3

title Gentoo Linux 3.4.9 T61 (rescue)
kernel /boot/kernel-3.4.9-gentoo-T61 root=/dev/sda3 init=/bin/bb

# Questi due qui sotto c'erano e ce li lascio per ricordo.
#kernel /boot/kernel-genkernel-x86-2.6.24-gentoo-r5 root=/dev/ram0 real_root=/dev/sda3
#initrd /boot/initramfs-genkernel-x86-2.6.24-gentoo-r5

# vim:ft=conf:


Thanks!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 12:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

boot cd, run
Code:
e2fsck /dev/sda3


recompile kernel with
Quote:
< > Second extended fs support
< > Ext3 journalling file system support
<*> The Extended 4 (ext4) filesystem
[*] Use ext4 for ext2/ext3 file systems (NEW)
[*] Ext4 extended attributes (NEW)
[ ] Ext4 POSIX Access Control Lists (NEW)
[ ] Ext4 Security Labels (NEW)
[ ] EXT4 debugging support (NEW)


modify grub.conf with
Quote:
kernel /boot/kernel-3.4.9-gentoo-T61 rootfstype=ext4 root=/dev/sda3

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 1:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the reply! But no luck so far.

Code:
Gentoo-2012 ~ # e2fsck /dev/sda3
e2fsck 1.42.1 (17-Feb-2012)
/dev/sda3: clean, 263368/1222992 files, 997514/4882432 blocks


The kernel was compiled with ext4 only before and it wouldn't boot.
The current make would support all ext FSs, but it's not any better:
Code:
  <*> Second extended fs support
  │ │    [ ]   Ext2 extended attributes
  │ │    [ ]   Ext2 execute in place support
  │ │    <*> Ext3 journalling file system support
  │ │    [*]   Default to 'data=ordered' in ext3
  │ │    [ ]   Ext3 extended attributes
  │ │    <*> The Extended 4 (ext4) filesystem
  │ │    [*]   Ext4 extended attributes
  │ │    [ ]     Ext4 POSIX Access Control Lists
  │ │    [ ]     Ext4 Security Labels
  │ │    [ ]   EXT4 debugging support
  │ │    [ ] JBD (ext3) debugging support
  │ │    [ ] JBD2 (ext4) debugging support


Also changing grub.conf didn't work :( it actually seems to hang a bit earlier.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 2:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm recompiling yet one more time with ext4 only from chrooted environment, a phenomenon also known as scraping the bottom of the barrel.

I'm wondering if it might be some init script gone wrong, but I don't even know what scripts gentoo uses at boot time? It mentions an initrc in the handbook but I only have the inittab and it looks fairly normal. I'll look into that now, even though, it wouldn't explain why I can boot in rw mode, would it?

Sorry, I'm writing to my self, hoping to stimulate the collective intelligence.

Hugs,

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 2:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the tarball should have provided. you still have
Quote:
Symbol: DEVTMPFS [=y]
Type : boolean
Prompt: Maintain a devtmpfs filesystem to mount at /dev
Defined at drivers/base/Kconfig:24
Depends on: HOTPLUG [=y]
Location:
-> Device Drivers
-> Generic Driver Options


Symbol: DEVTMPFS_MOUNT [=y]
Type : boolean
Prompt: Automount devtmpfs at /dev, after the kernel mounted the rootfs
Defined at drivers/base/Kconfig:44
Depends on: DEVTMPFS [=y]
Location:
-> Device Drivers
-> Generic Driver Options
-> Maintain a devtmpfs filesystem to mount at /dev (DEVTMPFS [=y])

posting a jpeg of the hang screen might jog a memory
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 2:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't believe it's booting after two days. And with two penguins, too... :cry:

I'm still not sure what made it work, it seems that the only thing I've done different was to recompile from the live disc, and not from the "rw" boot. I thought that the "rw" flag was meant for a "read and write" boot, but then I noticed that my architecture was even missing from its folder, but then I got the wireless going from rw... oh, what the f... one day I'll write the story, but now I'm just so happy it works.

Thanks donahue! I will remember you when I can't install xorg.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most likely this bug, where DEVTMPFS_MOUNT is a suitable workaround for most people: https://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=437320
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